What is osteopathy?
"To find health should be the object of the doctor*. Any one can find disease."
~ Andrew Taylor Still (founder of Osteopathy)
*In Canada, osteopathic manual therapists are not considered doctors and the term 'osteopath' is reserved for doctors/physicians of osteopathy
Osteopathy is a patient-centred, gentle approach to manual therapy that considers the body as a whole and the belief that under that right circumstances the body can heal itself.
Osteopathy considers a person’s medical history, personal lifestyle and social environmental influences to uncover the root cause of their pain, be it physical, emotional, or even spiritual. While osteopathic manual therapists surely deal with physical ailments and chronic pain, it isn’t our only focus.
Osteopathic manual therapists not only look at the physical structure and alignment of the body but take great interest in the various physiological functions as well. This includes:
- mental health
- respiratory conditions
- digestive problems
- urological disorders and
- gynaecological dysfunctions as well.
In other words, you do not have to be in pain to seek osteopathic care. It is appropriate for a variety conditions at any age.